Patron Party

The Summit County Historical Society will host "A Salute to Ohio Craft" on Friday evening, October 13, at 6:00 pm.

The patron-only event allows guests to view the 2017 exhibit of over 250 quilts and fiber arts pieces that will be on display to the public through Saturday, October 14, and will highlight the contributions of Akron’s outstanding fiber arts specialist, Dr. Virginia Gunn.

Gunn, professor emeritus of the University of Akron, is a nationally-recognized authority on American quilts, coverlets, costumes and textiles. She was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana earlier this year for her lifetime achievements in making the study of quilting a respected academic discipline. For many years, Gunn oversaw the textile collections of the historical society and contributed research and the preservation of the Society’s extensive collection.

The Salute to Ohio Craft features ‘craft’ beers from Akron’s Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., ‘craft’ wines from the Winery at Wolf Creek in Copley, and ‘craft’ whiskeys from Tom’s Foolery in Burton, Ohio. A Buckeye Buffet of hors d'oeuvres and craft-made soft drinks will be served as well. Akron jazz artist Theron Brown and his trio will provide music.

An auction of quilts will be held at 7:00pm. A silent auction will allow patrons to bid on works by local craftsmen and artists as well as a signed, authenticated, #23 jersey from LeBron James.

The two-day exhibit of quilts and fiber art pieces will include a display of nationally-recognized works from Studio Art Quilt Associates of Connecticut as well as works from the 2017 Hoffman Challenge, sponsored by Hoffman Fabrics of California. Over thirty different merchandise vendors will offer a variety of supplies, machinery, embellishments and more. Appraisals will be available with an advance reservation Eighteen workshops taught by vendors from across the country are offered both days. Advance registration is required.

The deadline for registration is October 6.


Summit County Historical Society